How Hitachi is responding to Novel Coronavirus(COVID-19)

Global response

Please follow this link for a message from Hitachi’s President and CEO Toshiaki Higashihara, our global management policy, and links to activities from Hitachi companies around the globe.

European response

Here we share some of the contributions that our European companies, offices and colleagues are making in response to the pandemic:

Hitachi Rail in Italy is supporting the communities in which it operates by donating 70,000 FFP2 face masks to regional and city institutions.

Hitachi Automotive employees designed a 3D printable mask for all of its staff. They are currently in discussion as to how production can be up-scaled.

Hitachi Construction Machinery (UK) has launched an appeal to raise money for the NHS charity “NHS Charities together”. They are providing “Thank you NHS” decals for construction machinery and have set up a JustGiving webpage to collect donations. Watch the video.

Hitachi High-Tech Europe GmbH is loaning a TM4000 tabletop electron microscope to the Research Centre for Topical Drug Delivery and Toxicology for testing the efficacy of a wide range of face masks from around the world on preventing the passage of particles.

Hitachi Europe’s Security Business Group is offering a three-month free licence for its Vein ID Five Windows Password Replacement app to help businesses whose staff are now working from home. More information.

Hitachi Medical Systems France has lent ultrasound machines to AP-HP hospitals in France to cope with increasing patient flow and enable the medical teams to make rapid diagnoses.

Hitachi Europe in Italy contributed a donation to the Mutual Aid for Milan fund.

Hitachi Automotive Systems in Germany provided 500 masks to local hospitals in Espelkamp, 1,000 masks to customers in Spain and Italy, and 1,500 masks to local, resident doctors.

The Hitachi Automotive Systems’ Powertrain Sales Team also decided to donate their winnings from the President’s Award to a local hotel and restaurant that has been providing support during the crisis.

Hitachi Information and Control Systems in the UK is supporting Network Rail (NR) in by providing training and simulators for contingent signallers in order to keep the UK’s railways running.

Hitachi Europe in Germany donated 1,000 surgical masks to Johanniter, an NGO that provides first aid for street accidents, transport to hospitals, and home care.

Hitachi Vantara UK has donated 35 laptop computers to help remote working for hospital operations.

Hitachi Europe has registered our support in line with the UK Government’s requests, such as making our European Head Office available to front line services, and will be ready to respond as necessary.

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And a big thank you to all our many colleagues who have volunteered their time and energy.